What's Open and Closed This Canada Day in Montreal

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Canada Day is a public holiday across the country, celebrated July 1. Some businesses and offices close for the occasion, though not as many as during Quebec's Fête Nationale, the national holiday for French-speaking countries.

When Canada Day falls on a weekend day, then those same businesses and offices generally close on either the Friday prior (if it falls on a Saturday) or Monday after (if it falls on a Sunday).

The open and closed list below sums up what to expect on Canada Day in Montreal, but it isn't exhaustive enough to cover every mom and pop shop, restaurant and retail store, and government branch in town. If in doubt, call the business or agency directly for information. For those of you ready to celebrate, here's a list of Canada Day events and activities in Montreal.

Closed on Canada Day

While there are many places that visitors may go on Canada, the following are usually closed:

  • Banks
  • Most city of Montreal offices
  • Municipal court
  • Most provincial and federal offices
  • Many private sector offices
  • Shopping malls
  • Postal service delivery and Canada Post post offices, with the exception of postal service offices operating in the private sector (often found in the back of pharmacies), which can remain open at their discretion
  • Retail stores with the exception of bookstores, flower stores, and antique shops, which can remain open if they wish

Note that because Canada Day in 2019 falls on a Monday, these businesses and offices, as a general rule will be closed that day.

Open on Canada Day

Many places are open on Canada Day including:

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